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Fortunei Albopicta (Europe 87)

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Fortunei Albopicta (Europe 87)

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Fortunei Albopicta (Europe 87)

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Fortunei Albopicta (Europe 87)

Photo by Hank Zumach

Fortunei Albopicta (Europe 87)

Photo by Eddie Johns

Fortunei Albopicta (Europe 87)

Photo by Sandra Hanson

Fortunei Albopicta (Europe 87)

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Fortunei Albopicta (Europe 87)

Photo by Paul Henjum

Fortunei Albopicta (Europe 87)

Photo by Paul Henjum

Fortunei Albopicta (Europe 87)

Photo by Eddie Johns

Fortunei Albopicta (Europe 87)

Photo by Gerhard & Renate Ragus

'Fortunei Albopicta' was registered in 1987 by the AHS. Schmid says it has been around since 1860. It originated in von Siebold's garden as a sport on a green plant he had brought from Japan, and was named fortunei var. albopicta by Hylander. The center of the leaf emerges a fairly bright cream color in spring and later turns a green similar in color to the edge. The change is much slower in cooler summer climates. The size is 45 x 26" with 40" flower scapes. Several forms have been selected and named for better color or dwarf size. Very popular in Europe and a vigorous, trouble-free plant. The all-green form of this plant is 'Fortunei Viridis'. 'Fortunei Aurea' is said to be related too, but this is now considered incorrect. Contrary to Hylander, Schmid now believes no close relationship exists between them.